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Chocolate Rugelah



Our teen cooking class made a traditional Hanukkah meal. We made matzo ball soup, potato latkes and chocolate rugelah. Everything was absolutely delicious especially the rugelah, thought I would share the recipe. Ingredients:

For the cream cheese dough:
1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, cold and cubed

1 cup of butter, cold and cubed

2 1/2 cups flour, plus additional for rolling out the dough

1/2 teaspoon salt

For the chocolate filling:

1 Tablespoon cinnamon

1/2 cup sugar

6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, cut into small pieces or shavings

4 Tablespoons butter, melted


Make the dough by combining the cream cheese, butter, flour and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse the ingredients together until the fat becomes evenly dispersed within the flour (the dough will be crumbly but still stick together).
Shape the dough into a ball, place it into a bowl and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough for one hour or up to one day.

Combine the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl. Set aside.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and cut it into 4 pieces. Place 3 pieces back into the refrigerator.

Place the ball of dough on a lightly floured surface, and using a rolling pin, roll it into a circle that’s about 1/8-inch thick. 

Immediately brush the rolled out dough with one-fourth of the melted butter and sprinkle it with one-fourth of the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Sprinkle one-fourth of the chocolate onto the dough, pressing it lightly into the dough.

Cut the dough into 12 wedges.

Roll each wedge up, starting from the thickest end, until you form a crescent shape.

Repeat the rolling, topping and shaping process with the other three pieces of dough.

Place the rugelach on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and refrigerate it for 30 minutes. (You can also freeze the rugelach at this point for later use.)

Bake the rugelach in a 350ºF oven for 18 to 20 minutes until golden brown. Transfer the rugelach to a cooling rack and let cool completely.

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Nikki is the owner/director of Seasons Family Centre. She completed a diploma in photography at Fanshawe College, followed by a degree in psychology at the University of Western Ontario. Shortly after she finished a post-graduate diploma at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. She is a Registered Canadian Art Therapist. Over the next few years she extended her education through various courses in psychology, counselling and play therapy at George Brown College, Hincks Delcrest and Cross Country Education. For the past several years Nikki has been running art programs all across the city of Toronto at various schools, community centres, libraries and private homes. She also runs play therapy groups at Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Offices as well as private art therapy sessions. Nikki has taken several courses in baking and cake decorating through the Wilton certification program.

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